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Summary

The Knights Templar were the wealthiest, most powerful - and most secretive - of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era. Their story - encompassing as it does the greatest international conflict of the Middle Ages, a network of international finance, a swift rise in wealth and influence followed by a bloody and humiliating fall - has left a comet's tail of mystery that continues to fascinate and inspire historians, novelists and conspiracy theorists.

Unabridged edition read by Dan Jones.

©2017 Head of Zeus (P)2017 Penguin Random House LLC

Critic reviews

"A pacy narrative history of the medieval order laced with tales of blood and bravery." ( The Sunday Times)
"This is a fascinating story of fanaticism...Jones is certainly an entertainer, but also a fine historian who knows how to render serious scholarship into accessible prose. Seldom does one find serious history that is so easy to read." ( The Times)
"Snappy, well-paced…. The author’s ambition, he says, is to tell the story of the Templars in a straightforward way and 'to write a book that will entertain as well as inform'. He has done precisely that." ( The Daily Telegraph)

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A very engaging account of the Templar's history.

I came to this book with some reservations ‘another Templar book!’ could it really bring anything new to the well-trodden temple genre?... well, yes it does, by sticking to extensive research and delivering a chronological account of all the Templar’s doings and derring-do over the course of the order’s existence. Written and read in an engaging manner, I was really happy to continue through to the end, - Brilliant!

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Wonderful book

Great book kept me interested and learned a lot. Great for those who don't always have time to read the physical book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Amazing to learn the true story of the Templars

Listened to this everyday on my commute and in spare time it was so engrossing. The story contained a lot of French titles that would be to difficult to remember but the main leading players stick in my mind. I didn't know much about this group of religious warrior's and was suprised to learn that the order originated in france also was amazed to find out how few their numbers were. The bravery shown by the Knights was incredible fighting overwhelming odds and on suicide missions so to speak they were remarkable it was no wonder they were feared by their opponents and respected. The story of their organization and businesses acumen was also a revelation. Their engineered downfall by the king of france and the spineless pope as well as the greed of those involved in basically framing them to get the orders money was facinating to learn.
The narrator was Excellent and made listening a delight.
The story also gave insights to other areas of medieval life and how the order was the birthplace of international banking.

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Absolutely marvellous!

Dan Jones has narrated this enthralling history of the Templars, I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative and strained to stop listening...He has proven that the historical fact of the Templars is much more interesting than the fictional histories and conspiracies of recent times. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

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Thoroughly absorbing

Lots of fact fiction history stories intertwined with adventures and intrigue. I’ve just finished listening and I’m about to start again in case I missed anything. I very rarely Re read (listen) to a book but this is well worth two or maybe three bites to get a grip on the mix of facts, nuance and characters.

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Entertaining and interesting

A very entertaining and interesting history of the Knights Templar from their formation and fall of the templars. It’s kept me gripped from the first to the last

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History of the Crusades not the Knights Templar

First, Dan's performance is totally fine. This is the least of the problems with this book.

Essentially, this is a history of the Crusades, and not a great one, with a smattering of Knights Templar every so often.

Little time is given to the motivation of the Knights Templar, how and why they became what they did.

I was disappointed and would struggle to recommend.

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Very insightful

An excellent round up of the history of the order. Excellent narration by the author.

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Well researched account of an enigma

This is a really interesting read. Dan Jones portrays the Templars in a far more believable light than many other before him.

The book appears incredibly well researched and is presented factually in a nice narrative timeline that not only makes sense, but is easy to digest.

This really is a great read for those interested in this crazy period of attempted Christian conquest and ‘holy’ War. 100% recommended.

Jones is the narrator and does a good job of the reading too. He (obviously), knows the source and his interest in it comes through.

Enjoy!

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Not quite what I expected.

I expected this to be a more accessible, riveting narrative of the history of The Knights Templar.

I will listen again, but having listened to it all, I can’t really tell you more than possibly three tidbits of info.

It’s not exactly gripping...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful